Have you ever listened to one of your favorite artists' albums and sat there thinking that they somehow managed to combine the senses of sight, sound, smell, and more in a unique way to create their art? For a lot of musicians, that literally is the case. There exists a neurological phenomenon called synesthesia that many musically-inclined people have experienced over the ages – and their stories are really captivating.
People with synesthesia, known as synesthetes, experience the blending of senses – and depending on the type of the condition they have, will actually "hear" colors or "see" sounds. Which explains why a lot of singers, songwriters, and musicians (and painters, writers, and other creative types) have some type of synesthesia: in their work, they are able to create truly individual pieces of art that have deeper connections than non-synesthetes may not immediately pick up on.
Celebs like Lorde, Alessia Cara, Pharrell Williams, and more of your favorite stars on your playlist, have all opened up about how their own synesthesia has affected their work and creative processes, and each of their stories are all very different than the others.
Click through the gallery to see which stars have talked about their different types of synesthesia.